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Apprentice Butcher Clays Butchers

We are a high street butchers offering the opportunity to learn all aspects of butchery from making sausages and carcass breakdown.

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Closing date: 03 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £161.70 to £311.85

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    35 hours for a 16-17 year old. 40 hours for over 18 years old.

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Expected duration

    2 years

  • Possible start date

    04 Dec 2021

  • Date posted

    04 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

We are looking for a trainee butcher to work 5 days a week including Saturdays. You will be trained in all aspects of retail butchery following a specifically designed butchery apprenticeship. 

Duties and tasks you will carry out are:

  • Learning to make sausages and burgers
  • Knife skills
  • Learning to butcher poultry, pork, lamb, game and beef
  • Counter service
  • Food safety
  • Cleaning and hygiene

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Team player
  • Basic knife skills

Personal qualities

  • Keen to learn
  • Flexibility on daily tasks
  • Flexibility on location as training may require travel to another site on occasion
  • Interested in food and meat butchery
  • Physically fit as the role involves standing most of the day and lifting and carrying

Desired qualifications

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Understanding of food hygiene although training is provided

Future prospects

  • To be part of our expanding business team

Things to consider

Butchery is a skills shortage so if you are proficient and qualified you can earn a good living.

It is hard work, often involves weekend work and can be physically demanding. In the winter it is a cold environment to work in and there are early starts. 

About the employer

At Smith & Clay, we use our two market town shops to champion both the British high street and our surrounding countryside.

We've always put local produce and ingredients at the heart of what we do, because we're passionate about promoting locally produced food to all of our customers, pubs, restaurants and schools. 

It's one of the reasons we were voted the UK's National Butchers Chamption by the Countryside Alliance.


Clays Butchers



Market Hill


MK18 1JN

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Training provider

M.E.A.T Ipswich Limited

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Meat East Anglia Trades (Ipswich) Ltd


Hannah (MEAT Ipswich) 01473270757

Level 2 Butchery Apprenticeship standard which includes:

  • Butchery
  • Knife Skills
  • Cleaning
  • Customer Service
  • Level 2 Awards in Food Safety and Health & Safety
  • Functional skills if needed

Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

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